First Team

Conor targeting more goals

18th August 2019

Conor Washington hopes his match-winning goal against Motherwell on Friday night will be the first of many as he looks for his side to carry that performance over into the league.

The Jambos were back to their best at a rain-soaked Fir Park two nights ago, winning 2-1 thanks to Washington and Michael Smith goals.

The victory booked a spot in the quarter-final draw of the Betfred Cup, which takes place later today, and the Northern Ireland striker admits he and his teammates are targeting silverware after going so close last season.

“It was nice to get off the mark and get through to the next round and hopefully we can take that into the league,” he said. “We needed to right a few wrongs after last weekend.

“I thought the fans were brilliant. I think for them to come out in the voice they did after last Saturday was fantastic and hopefully we gave them something to celebrate.

“The goal gets the monkey off the back and hopefully it’s the start of a good run. It doesn’t bother me, I’m still getting up to speed.

“I didn’t really get a full pre-season. The way I play is getting a run of 90 minutes that’ll help me get fit. It’s been more about that but obviously the goals are nice as well.

 “The game here suits me. It’s very intense which suits me. Counter-attacking football when you’re under pressure and end to end stuff does suit me. Maybe not the last ten minutes in that game because I was absolutely blowing but other than that it’s been good.

“The gaffer brought me in to do a job – to score goals and play the way I play which was refreshing and exactly what I wanted to hear at this point in my career.

“Hearts are a huge club. It wasn’t a surprise as such but it’s great to see how big and well supported it is when I came up.

“I’ve played for some well-supported club and this is right up there. A big part of coming up here was to be challenging for silverware.

“That’s a genuine chance here. The lads got to a final last year and it would be great to do that again and get some silverware.”